Self-reported gadolinium toxicity: A survey of patients with chronic symptoms

Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Oct;34(8):1078-80. doi: 10.1016/j.mri.2016.05.005. Epub 2016 May 19.


Purpose: This study aims to describe the self-reporting symptoms experienced by individuals with self-reported normal renal function after gadolinium based contrast agent (GBCA) administration.

Materials and methods: This HIPAA-compliant, IRB-approved study consisted of an anonymous online survey of patients who believe that they suffer from gadolinium toxicity. 50 respondents completed the nine-question survey.

Results: Fifty (100%) of the subjects ascribed their complaints to gadolinium exposure. Thirty-three (66%) described the onset immediately following GBCA administration and 16 (32%) within 6weeks. The most common symptoms included bone/joint pain and head/neck symptoms including headache, vision change, and hearing change (77.6% each). Other symptoms occurred with lesser incidence.

Conclusions: This survey represents an initial description of patients with normal renal function who self-described toxicity related to GBCA administration. Bone and joint complaints and skin changes are two of the most common complaints.

Keywords: Chronic; Gadolinium; Survey; Symptoms; Toxicity.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Contrast Media / poisoning*
  • Female
  • Gadolinium / poisoning*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Self Report*


  • Contrast Media
  • Gadolinium